Tom Brady Is Skipping Team Visit to White House
Cites 'personal family' reasons; move is hours after Aaron Hernandez's death
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 19, 2017 9:33 AM CDT
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prepares to pass against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half of NFL Super Bowl 51.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

(Newser) – Tom Brady will not join his New England Patriots teammates when the Super Bowl champions visit the White House on Wednesday to accept congratulations from President Trump for another NFL title. The White House said it was notified that Brady was dealing with a "personal family matter" and will not attend the ceremony, per the AP. Trump's welcome to the team was coming hours after the news from Massachusetts prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell. Team owner Bob Kraft is a longtime Trump friend, and Brady supported Trump during the campaign.

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